The Broads is Britain's magical waterland and its very easily accessible from here at Pakefield. A short drive to Oulton Broad will take you to the broads waterways where there is access to the River Waveney and Yare by water. From here you can explore the Waveney Valley and the Broads National Park. Once in Oulton Broad you can join one of the regular River Tours which run from April through to October. If you would prefer a little more freedom you can always hire a day boat and set off on your own adventure. If you're a little more comfortable on dry land you could also head for Cartlon Marshes, a broadland nature reserve in the Waveney Valley. Here you can enjoy some fantastic walks through meadows, marsh & woodland.
A holiday destination for all ages, Greath Yarmouth is one of the UK's best loved seaside towns. Marine Parade and its seaside amusements lead down onto Yarmouth's golden beaches which stretch on for 15 miles. Further up you can see Scroby Sands windfarm & seal colony. With candyfloss, ice-cream, illuminations, amusements, theme parks, donkey rides, a sea life centre and circus Gt Yarmouth's Golden Mile has it all.
Laying between Gt Yarmouth & Lowestoft Gorleston has its own bay & stunning sandy beaches.
Harleston is a treasured market town nestling in the Waveney Valley, which has a wealth of Georgian Houses & individual shops. There are many interesting speciality shops and architecural works including an Italianate clock tower overlooking the market place. Wednesday is market day in Harleston. Harleston also hosts an annual Art trail, showcasing works from a community of professional artists who live & work in the Waveney Valley. This year the event will be held three times; 24-25 June, 1-2 July & 8-9 July.
A Visit to Norwich will bring you to the very heart of East Anglia, one of the finest heritage cities in the land where you'll discover over 1000 years of history, a buzzing cultural scene and superb shopping destination. Thanks to its medieval origins as Britain's second city, Norwich has a historic fabric thats stands comparison with the finest heritage cities in the UK. Over 1500 historic buildings lie within the city walls and the city's compact scale means you can easily explore on foot. As well as two magnificent cathedrals and an imposing Norman castle Norwich is home to more medieval churches than any other city north of the Alps. Norwich offers a vibrant cultural scene with a wealth of fantastic cultural experiences whether you enjoy the performing & visual arts or you're inspired by fine buildings and amazing history. The iconic Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery stands proud over the city and offers both permanent and visiting exhibitions. Norwich has many independent places to dine from fine dining to gastro pubs and cafes to restaurants. All offer high standards of customer service with exceptional menus and food. And finally it's not hard to see why Norwich ranks so high for shopping. With its large pedestrian areas and bustling lanes, its quirky independent shops, six day open air market and spacious modern shopping malls, Norwich is truly a great destination for shoppers.
Thetford is an ancient market town, once the Saxon capital of East Anglia. The small town is filled to the brim with history & heritage sites, quiet gardens, open parkland and a relaxing riverside. With Thetford Forest on its doorstep the town is one of the best places to discover wildlife & outdoor pleasures including walking, cycling, riding & action packed adventure days. In the heart of Thetford Forest you can find GoApe; an award winning high wire forest adventure course of rope bridges, swings and zip lines. You'll also find Combat Paintballing for those looking for even more action.
Wymondham is an historic market town with an attractive town centre, a number of notable old buildings and a good range of shops. Wymondham Abbey founded in 1101, is one of the finest and most interesting of the historic churches of East Anglia. Its two tall towers dominate the countryside for miles around. Wymondham is also the starting point for one of the largest preserved railways in the UK, which hosts a number of special events throughout the year.
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Reference - 2017 East Of England Visitor Guide (available free of charge at reception)